13. ‘Bad Religion’ on the University Campus: “Political Correctness” and the Future of the Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Adrian Hermann [+-]
University of Bonn
Adrian Hermann is Professor of Religion and Society at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) of the University of Bonn.
Stefan Priester [+-]
Universität Bonn
Stefan Priester is a post-doctoral researcher at Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, Universität Bonn, Germany. He received a Dr. phil. in sociology from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2018. His work focuses on world society theory, the early history of film as art, and questions of digital sociological theory and methodology.

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This anchoring essay of the university section discusses the “new campus religion” of “political correctness” as identified by mass-media commentators like William Deresiewicz and others. The authors analyse these current debates in light of the volume’s interest in the public rhetoric of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religion, and focus on two things: first, the role played by the polemical use of ‘religion’ and adjacent terminologies in the descriptions of current protests; second, how an insider/outsider logic familiar to the study of religion seems to be at play in these controversies; Moving beyond this case study, the essay asks what the study of religion can learn in regard to the often discussed insider/outsider problem by drawing on feminist standpoint theory to better understand the epistemic effects of marginalization and oppression.

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Hermann, Adrian; Priester, Stefan. 13. ‘Bad Religion’ on the University Campus: “Political Correctness” and the Future of the Insider/Outsider Problem in the Study of Religion. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35428. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35428. Jul 2020

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